The Council of the European Union has extended all sanctions imposed for the development and use of chemical weapons by one year - until October 16, 2021. The relevant statement was posted on the Council’s website.
“Restrictive measures currently apply to nine persons – five linked to the Syrian regime and four involved in the Salisbury attack using the toxic nerve agent Novichok – and one organization, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the Syrian regime's principal entity for the development of chemical weapons," the document reads.
The restrictive measures consist of a ban on travel to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, persons and entities in the EU are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.
As we reported earlier, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury in March 2018. Theresa May, the then British PM, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation had confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, produced in Russia.